• On Feb 12, 2021
    Shannon from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning for a group between 10-18 guests to stay on a Disney property in late 2021 or early 2022. Can we book several rooms together in a block, or should everyone book separately? How will Covid restrictions affect our plans?

    Hi Shannon,

    Welcome to planDisney! Let me first send you some pixie dust as you start planning for a large group! 

    Depending on how many rooms you will need and when you plan to book, you may need to contact Group Sales. Although they can normally be reached at 407-939-1942, they are currently not available by phone. You can also email them at groupsales@disneyworld.com. They typically handle groups with 10 or more rooms.

    If you will not require that many rooms, you can certainly make the reservations online or with a Cast Member at 407-939-5277. There are a few things I advise you to consider. First, would you prefer that everyone stay together? If so, you might do two suites or villas. The Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, for example, can accommodate nine adults. The Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows can sleep up to eight adults. The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort have room for up to six adults. When I have traveled with large groups and we shared rooms, we calculated the total cost of each room and then split the costs accordingly.

    Or, you could split everyone up into smaller groups and select standard rooms that can accommodate up to four or five adults. With either option, you can request that rooms be near or next to each other, but requests are not guaranteed. On prior trips, when staying with large groups, our rooms have often been in the same building. When leaving for the day, we would just pick a morning meet-up time and all meet at a pre-determine location before heading to catch resort transportation. Since money can get tricky, my preference is to have everyone handle the charges for their respective rooms. 

    Having visited recently with the health measures in place, I can say that we had a fabulous time. I do strongly recommend that you make advanced dining reservations as soon as you can, currently, that is 60 days prior to arrival. When searching for dining reservations, you may need to divide your group into smaller parties and try to get reservations within 10-15 minutes of one another. Restaurant capacity was limited when we visited, so those restaurant reservations were a life saver for us. We also bought masks from shopDisney and brought extra disposable masks. Last, but definitely not least, if the Disney Park Pass system is still required, be sure to make park reservations for everyone in your party!

    Shannon, pack your patience as you plan! 

    Magic and memories,
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